Wave girls basketball coach steps down

Matt Legare compiled a record of 97-33 in five seasons as head coach of the girls basketball team at Summerville. Wade Spees/Staff

Summerville High girls basketball coach Matt Legare recently announced that he would be stepping down to pursue work in school administration.

Legare served as the varsity head coach for five seasons, posting an impressive 97-33 record. Summerville has won four consecutive Region 8-AAAA titles and has a 31-game conference winning streak. The Green Wave played in the Class AAAA lower state championship game two seasons ago and advanced to the third round this past season before losing to Goose Creek.

Three members of the program recently signed college letters-of-intent. Ashley Green signed with Francis Marion, while Rodnesha Capers and Cierra Mazyck signed with Spartanburg Methodist.

The Lowcountry picked up the first of what could be several state championships last weekend with Wando’s victory in the boys state lacrosse finals on Saturday.

Several more local teams will be in strong contention for titles in their respective sports and classifications as every state championship will be decided over the next three weeks.

Baseball and softball playoffs begin this week. SCISA opened its baseball postseason on Monday with a pair of local teams — Northwood Academy and St. John’s Christian — posting first-round series victories. Both advance to the second round on Friday.

Porter-Gaud split a playoff doubleheader on Monday and played at Orangeburg Prep on Tuesday night to decide which team advances. First Baptist was swept in its doubleheader with Hammond School of Columbia while Pinewood Prep drew a first-round bye.

The SCISA state softball playoffs begin with the state tournament on Friday and Saturday in Columbia. Survivors of the double-elimination tournaments in each class will meet in best-of-three championship series next week.

The South Carolina High School League baseball and softball playoffs begin with district tournaments on Thursday. Classes AAAA, AA and A will open on Thursday while class AAA starts on Friday.

Summerville enters the AAAA baseball playoffs as the top-ranked team in South Carolina. The Green Wave square off with local rival Stratford on Thursday in what should be a matchup of two of the area’s top pitchers — Summerville’s Sawyer Bridges and Stratford’s Eddie Hiott.

Porter-Gaud will host the 2015 SCISA state track and field championships on Saturday. The Porter-Gaud boys’ team is seeking a fifth consecutive state AAA team championship while the Ashley Hall girls’ are trying to three-peat in AAA.

The state soccer playoffs begin next week with state titles decided in SCHSL on May 16 in Columbia. The SCISA state championships will be decided at Porter-Gaud on May 9. Porter Gaud also will host the lacrosse state final on May 5.

Playoff Schedule

Thursday

Baseball

Class AAAA

District 8

(4) Stratford at (1) Summerville, 7 p.m.

(3) Sumter at (2) River Bluff, 7 p.m.

District 7

(4) Spring Valley at (1) James Island

(3) Lexington at (2) Carolina Forest

District 6

(4) South Aiken at (1) Socastee

(3) West Ashley at (2) Ashley Ridge

District 5

(4) West Florence at (1) White Knoll

(3) Fort Dorchester at (2) Wando

Class AA

District 5

Whale Branch at Barnwell

Andrews at Waccamaw

District 6

Wade Hampton at Bishop England

Loris at Timberland

District 7

Aynor at Johnsonville

Edisto at Battery Creek

Kingstree at Dillon

Academic Magnet at Woodland

Class A

District 5

Baptist Hill at Bamberg-Ehrhardt

Timmonsville at TBA

District 6

Bethune-Bowman at Charleston Charter

TBA at Hannah-Pamplico

District 7

TBA at East Clarendon

Allendale-Fairfax at Cross

District 8

Scott’s Branch at TBA

Military Magnet at Branchville

Softball

Thursday

Class AAAA

District 5

Conway at North Augusta

Ashley Ridge at Stratford

District 6

Lexington at South Florence

West Ashley at Colleton County

District 7

Dutch Fork at Wando

White Knoll at Carolina Forest

District 8

Cane Bay at Summerville

West Florence at River Bluff

Class AA

District 5

Whale Branch at Barnwell

Timberland at Dillon

District 6

Wade Hampton at Battery Creek

Waccamaw at Andrews

District 7

Loris at Johnsonville

Edisto at Bishop England

District 8

Lake Marion at Aynor

Academic Magnet at Silver Bluff

Class A

District 5

Burke at Bamberg-Ehrhardt

Scott’s Branch at Lake View

District 6

Bethune-Bowman at Cross

Green Sea-Floyds at Hannah-Pamplico

District 7

Carvers Bay at East Clarendon

Allendale-Fairfax at Military Magnet

District 8

Timmonsville at Latta

Baptist Hill at Branchville